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Using Xenu on Mac

I rely heavily on Xenu for website checks prior to taking them live, especially if I'm taking a new website design live over an old design. I want to be sure I have grabbed or 301'ed all the available current links on the live website. To do that, I scrap with Xenu. Unfortunately, there is no Mac version available, but there is a way to emulate it without an emulator. Enter Wine.

I have this working on my latest version of Mac which is Big Sur 11.4.

  1. Before you start, you need homebrew installed and you need to have downloaded the Xenu.exe (Setup.exe - rename to Xenu.exe to find it easier later) file from the official Xenu website.
  2. Open terminal.
  3. Run the following: "brew tap gcenx/wine" and "brew install --no-quarantine unofficial-wineskin" without the quotes
  4. Enter your password when prompted.
  5. Open the Wineskin Winery app now installed on your system.
  6. Click on the plus size next to "New Engine(s) available"
  7. Select "WS11WineCX64Bit20.0.2"
  8. Click on "Download and install"
  9. When it asks you to name the app, call it Xenu.app so you can find it later
  10. Once that's done, use your native search tool on your mac and type "Xenu". It should come up as an available app with the Wineskin logo as it's icon. Click on it.
  11. It will ask you to set a setup executable. This is where you select the "Xenu.exe" file.
  12. It should prompt you with the Xenu Windows install prompt. Just keep hitting next until you reach the last screen, then unselect "View README".
  13. It should run for you at that point.

If you run into problems, let me know. These steps got it working on my Mac. I hope this helps! I couldn't find any links regarding setting this up, so I figured I would post what I figured out.

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